Royalty to daughter: boyfriend must solve problems

Royalty to daughter: boyfriend must solve problems

Princess Mako’s parents, Emperor Akihito and his wife, demand her boyfriend Kei Komuro and his mother solve a financial problem currently facing them or else the imperial family will delay the wedding ceremony of the two lovers this coming February.


Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, his wife, told the Komuro family from late 2017 to early 2018 that the engagement ceremony will be delayed until the family can settle financial disputes. The ceremony is scheduled for March 2019.



The two 26-year-old couple announced their engagement after receiving the emperor’s blessing in September 2017. However, in February of this year, the Imperial Agency declared the delay saying it wasn’t ready for the preparation.


The unexpected delay was watched by weekly magazines that a financial dispute between Komuro’s mother and her former lover over her son’s educational expenses.


The mother’s former partner shouldered the expenses. The Imperal Agency has also requested that Komuro present a plan for his life as well as their daughter. This includes a plan that looks beyond his current job at a Tokyo law firm. This is the condition for the formal wedding of their daughter, Princess Mako.


Komuro completed the Emperor’s request sometime in 2017 and 2018. Komuro decided to leave for America to attend Fordham University in New York to study law for three years in hopes of passing the stringent board exams.


He arrived in New York on Wednesday, August 8, and intends to return to his old job in the law firm where he has worked since 2016 in the area of corporate legal affairs.


Court rituals to take place in November were delayed until further notice.


Despite the adjournment of the wedding, Princess Mako and Komuro have maintained contact with each other and their intention to marry will not change.


Reference: Princess Mako’s parents told boyfriend to solve financial issue: source


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